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Castro reports on water usage and financials

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent Rancho Santa Fe Association board of director’s meeting, RSF Golf Club Manager Al Castro, provided his monthly report.

Castro told the board that the club has proactively been reducing the amount of water on the course for roughly the past 18 months. To date, the course is using 30 percent less water usage as compared to its numbers in 2013.

On July 1, cutbacks will be 45 percent.

“We’ve got a ways to go, but have certainly made some substantial cutbacks in water usage,” he said.

Castro wanted the board and members to know that they are currently in active discussions with the Santa Fe Irrigation District and Community Services District. They are trying to pursue alternate water for the golf course.

“Ideally, the golf course would be able to get off potable water,” he said. “There’s a number of very productive conversations that leads us to believe that we have a path to get us off the potable water in the very, very near future.”

In reference to membership status, there was a slight dip.

According to Castro, at the end of April they had a total of 491 members. On March 31, there was a minor loss of two memberships.

Castro told the board that the gains and losses seem to be leveling out.

“The net loss a year ago was 10. It looks like at the end of June, our fiscal year, the net loss will be about six or seven members,” he said.

He said he found those numbers promising.

Financially, he told the board, the club is doing very well.

“As of the end of April we were ahead of plan by $142,000,” said Castro, adding how May was a strong month. Castro said he anticipated a solid year-end financials by the end of June.

Castro said he was encouraged by business at the club and the participation from its members.